Normally, this is the portion of the Best Bets post where I complain (or, even on a rare occasion, brag) about how I did the week before. But this week, no complaining and no bragging, and that's for two reasons. First, I went 3-3 for a second week in a row, so I'm settling into that meaty part o ... More >>
Country music has an interesting relationship with current events. Unlike other forms of pop that deal with one form of fantasy or another -- starlets forever falling in love with that guy who is just out of reach; aspiring rappers' dreams of a ghetto-fabulous lifestyle, for example -- country draw ... More >>
So LeBron James is unofficially officially going to be a free agent come July 1, according to his agent, Rich Paul. If history is any indicator, this means that LeBron is ready to embark on a series of sales pitches, looking to be wowed, trying to find the next place to continue to build his resume ... More >>
Zac Brown Band Reliant Stadium March 22, 2014 This being their fourth performance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Zac Brown Band's prowess onstage shouldn't have surprised anyone Sunday night. But, of course, that didn't make it any less impressive. A fitting close to this year's Rodeo, ZBB ... More >>
Let's all stop embarrassing Texas now, please.
A good movie is a good movie, whether it's a romantic comedy, a drama or an animated feature. It can be about love or hate, war or peace, joy or sadness. It's all in how it gets its point across. In the case of Lone Survivor, it's the story Marcus Luttrell, the surviving member of a team of Navy Sea ... More >>
Peter Berg's latest ia a jingoistic snuff film.
More than 80 veterans from across the country will renovate the campus of Houston's Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep this weekend to kick off a six-month volunteer campaign for a group called The Mission Continues. Mayor Annise Parker will open the weekend with a special welcome for the veteran-volun ... More >>
Michael Brown's wild week.
While Michael "Sex Advice Columnist for His Own Daughter" Brown testified in a contempt hearing in Houston this week, lawyers in Miami are continually filing a flurry of papers claiming, among other things, that Brown was too broke to fly his private plane, despite the fact that he recently filed pa ... More >>
You might never have heard of Chris Kyle until this weekend, but he was known as America;s deadliest sniper for his work in Iraq and wrote a book titled American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The 38-year-old former Navy SEAL, had more than 150 confirm ... More >>
The thrilling manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty.
Because every generation needs an Armageddon.
"Which button do I push to make R's go backwards?" Yes, we are now on the twenty-eighth Buzzfest in Houston history, with the all-day show on April 21 boasting a lineup that includes Korn, The Dirty Heads, Blue October, Evans Blue, Evanescence and Cage The Elephant, plus undercards Foxy Shaza ... More >>
George Berkeley asked, "Is reality a mental construct?" and America responded, "No, it's eight fake-baked Jersey kids living near the beach." Reality television has long been cheap and easy filler programming, but now movies are starting to see the influence of the genre as well. This Friday, Act ... More >>
Kimberly Vaughn, a former Washington Redskins cheerleader who married a Navy SEAL who died in Afghanistan this summer, was visiting the Houston area this weekend before flying back home to DC. Somewhere along the way, she lost her husband's wedding band, which he had given her t owear while he was ... More >>
Rankings tell different tales
It'll be the feel-good movie of the year.On the Geologic Internet Time Scale, the news of Osama bin Laden's death took place almost a century ago. We're already fondly recalling our whereabouts when we heard the fateful news (drinking beer and watching The Killing...NEVAR FORGET) and relivi ... More >>
Now that more details are starting to emerge about Sunday's Navy SEAL helicopter raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden and several members of the al-Qaeda jefe's entourage - especially how the months-long planning and 40-minute firefight was planned in total secrecy, and executed ... More >>
William McRaven: Knows a pyramid lede when he sees one.Don't mess with journalism majors!! A lesson Osama bin Laden learned to his regret recently; the last thoughts through his diseased mind were no doubt about how journalism -- especially University of Texas journalism -- had triumphed aga ... More >>
Photos by John Nova LomaxWheels fit for a celebration.Early yesterday, Michael Berry, the former Boy Wonder of Houston politics turned radio rabble-rouser, sent out a press release plugging a "Houston Celebration: Osama Bin Laden Dead." The event would be later that day at Hefley's, a Texalic ... More >>
ericalessandrini.blogspot.comOsama bin Laden is dead. Following a late dinner at Van Loc Sunday, Rocks Off was a block or two away from Leon's Lounge when a friend texted us the news around 10 p.m. When we entered the bar, our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean's daughter in the military had just ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoTrace Adkins Reliant Stadium March 2, 2011 Aftermath admits that before Wednesday night, we were by no means experts on the bellowing country crooner known as Trace Adkins. After the show was over, however, we felt like buying every album he's ... More >>
Alexander Kemos: Not a SEALWhen it comes to resume padding, there are two options. You can go small, like George O'Leary when he applied for the head football coaching job at Notre Dame and falsely claimed to have a master's from "NYU-Stony Brook University" and to have lettered in football a ... More >>
Just when you were afraid the lack of fresh content on your television might finally force you to get up off your couches and engage in some meaningful interaction with your loved ones, here comes the 2010 fall season and its annual helping of canned laughter, reality shenanigans, and FCC-app ... More >>
Meet Ron White, the Texas-born memory champ you'll never forget.
Our sister paper, the Village Voice, has gotten its hands on an e-mail describing just what went on as the crew of the Maersk Alabama went toe-to-toe with pirates off the African coast. It turns out the cook wasn't an ex-Navy SEAL (Under Siege reference!). Instead, the crew took matters into their o ... More >>
If you have been listening to right-wing pundit Glenn Beck's daily syndicated radio show on 740 AM KTRH in the mornings or watching his Fox News Channel TV show in the evenings, no doubt you have heard the sad tale of former Navy SEAL and Navy Cross recipient Marcus Luttrell. The distinguished war ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Killa Joe," Michele Thibeaux Wire To Wire Houston's OG Ron C, head honcho of the GO DJ Coali ... More >>
The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate
My wife had just finished getting a procedure at the hospital, so I entered the recovery room and put down the review copy of the book I’d been killing time with. One of the nurses picked it up, wide-eyed with excitement. “The new Brad Thor is out?!” she gasped. Yes. Yes it is. Whether that ... More >>
The NRA convention takes aim at the next generation of members
God, Drayton and dogged Astros fans awake from another World Serious dream
Houston remains embroiled in what to do about Memorial Park
Getting in shape is like going to war
Antoine Fuqua and Bruce Willis lend nobility to brutes
A Houston junket and the jaded of Hollywood
Houston boasts some of the biggest track legends in the world. Who cares? They do.
G.I. Jane traps a testosterone-poisoned lunkhead in Demi Moore's body
The Rock tests the hypothesis that moviegoers like 'em fast, splashy and loud